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Positive feedback loop for sustainability to help PB newbies

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  • Positive feedback loop for sustainability to help PB newbies

    I've been on the forum for a few months now and see a lot of members urging people to ditch the scale and I tend to agree most of the time. I don't know if it's been really touched on in a single post or sticky (I've looked using my meager searching skills) but is there an article on feedback loops and troubleshooting the PB lifestyle?

    From experience, it's one thing to be given a set of instructions and be told to follow them and "trust that it's working" but are there little things newbies can look out for that can create a positive feedback loop aside from weight loss?

    I know the book and a lot of posts have great insight and info regarding what you should do if you get stuck but is there a post that details how to move forward in regards to how your body is responding? How to dial things in?
    Currently dabbling in: IF, leangains, Starting Strength, 5/3/1

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    Waist loss is more important than weight loss and can be easily tracked with a tape measure weekly. Fitness gains - measurable ones are great and very motivating. Journaling about how you feel day to day - mood, energy level.
    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):


    • #3
      If you have supportive people around you, ask them to tell you if they see any changes too.

      My boyfriend noticed my body leaning up way before I did, so that was a huge boost when he mentioned it.


      • #4
        I didn't ditch the scale, I weight every morning, but the number there does not affect how good or bad my day is. I also take measurements (less frequently) and bought some calipers to check my body fat percent. The biggest thing I have used to gauge my success, however, has been how I feel, and how much energy I have, how few migraines I have, and my general outlook on life. This stuff is a lot less quantifiable, but more important in terms of me wanting to keep this up.

        A joyful heart is good medicine

        He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

        Mmmmm. Real food is good.

        My Journal:


        • #5
          I'm with JKC. I weigh (and take waist & belly measurements) daily, more out of curiosity than anything, but once it's done, I rarely think about it again.

          I know the PB is working for me, the scale is only one way that I judge how well.
          Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!

          Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
          CW: 146.8 lbs
          GW 140 lbs
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